Removing Substrate from an Established Tank

I’ve replied to this in Facebook groups a few times, so I decided to write this up to make it easier to share. Unfortunately, I am not planning on doing this soon, so there won’t be any videos or photos. But yes, I have done this before to remove a sand bank from my 600 litres (180 US gal ) planted tank.

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How to Add Substrate to an Existing Aquarium

Post Views: 15 I created this video to show how I added new ADA Aquasoil to the tank. This method can be used for gravel and sand as well. It is a relatively mess-free method. Hardly any of the Aquasoil dust escaped. The bottle makes it easy to target where you want to lay the […]

Hofer Gurgle Buster

Sump Noise vs Hofer Gurgle Buster

When I first filled the tank and ran the sump return pump to test for leaks and to test the sump, the noise from the drain pipe was too loud for our (me and the wife) sanity. Tweaking the ball valve at the drain pipe didn’t help much. It reduced some sound but there were various side effects:

  • The water level fluctuated, resulting in intermittent draining noises.
  • Small bubbles coming out of the bottom of the drain pipe. Not a good thing for maintaining CO2 levels in the water.
  • Large pockets of air would be blasted out of the bottom of the drain pipe occasionally, causing lots of splashing and occasional noise.

So I started looking up solutions on the net.

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